Thursday, July 5, 2012

Guest Post: Kelly from Herringbone Lane


 Hello A Glimpse Inside readers, Kelly from HERRINGBONE LANE here. I'm tickled pink to be here to share with you a simple and summer ready Kate Spade-inspired necklace tutorial sure to charm. Let's make us some jewelry, shall we?
I love Kate Spade. I love Kate Spade bags. I love Kate Spade jewelry. As a whole, I hold very affectionate feelings for Kate Spade and her products. After spotting this necklace awhile back I knew I could make an inspired knock off for a fraction of the cost (and also in any color my heart desired). I'll pay $30 for a beautiful ivory and gold KS bangle because I do not have the skills needed to shape precious metals myself, but I draw the line at $128 for a rope chain with painted wood beads on it. 
Materials:
Needle nose pliers 
Painters tape
Craft paint 
Rope chain
Small gold beads 
5/8'' wooden beads 
Lobster clasps
Mod Podge (optional)



My first step was to paint half of each wood bead navy blue with Martha Stewart craft paint (aka: the gift that keeps on giving). For really clean lines, I taped off half of each bead with Frog tape and inserted a toothpick to hold it upright while it dried. 
After each bead was painted I stuck them into the bottom half of an egg carton. 24 hours of drying time later, I peeled off the tape to add a quick coat of Mod Podge and was left with perfectly painted and sealed beads ready to be threaded into a necklace. 
To thread everything easily and quickly I used a small piece of floral wire attached to the very end of the chain and alternated between (12) gold beads and (11) wood beads, starting with the gold beads.
The final step was to add a lobster clasp. I've never attempted to do this and found it to be as easy as slightly bending open the last link in the rope chain, slipping the lobster clasp on, and rebending the link closed. To determine the length I used a very technical method - I slipped it around my neck and moved it up and down until I liked how it laid. After snipping the opposite end of the chain, it measured 28 inches in total length. 
It was that simple, surprisingly so for this jewelry-making novice. Have you ever attempted to make designer-inspired jewelry? I surely hope this has inspired you to give it a whirl. 
A very big thank you to Allison for having me.  Stop by HERRINGBONE LANE and say hello, I'd love to see you! Or, find me on PinterestFacebook, and Twitter. Or maybe Instagram, too.

Thanks so much for sharing Kelly!!


allison

7 comments:

  1. I love this! It's so trendy and I would have no idea you painted the beads yourself! Great craft!!

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  2. I love this!! So cute! You did awesome at painting the beads and putting this together! I would LOVE for you to link this up at our party!

    http://natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/07/naturally-nifty-party-21.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite Natural-Nesters! Sorry I missed your party, I'll be sure to stop by for the next one.

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  3. Love! I've not dabbled into jewelry making but I really want to!

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  4. LOVE kate spade as well! Great necklace tutorial! Pinning to make in the future =) xo

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